China and Russia send spy vessels to follow US naval group headed to North Korea
MCS 3rd Class Matt BROWN (US NAVY/AFP/Archives)
China and Russia dispatched spy vessels to follow a US naval group that was sent to North Korea, the Independent reported on Monday.
The move comes amid rising tension after the US Navy said Saturday it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea's "reckless" nuclear weapons program.
The move raised tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
North Korea denounced Thursday's strike as an act of "intolerable aggression" and one that justified "a million times over" the North's push toward a credible nuclear deterrent.
"US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific," said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command.
"The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability," he told AFP, in an unusually forceful statement.
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blockade North Korea. nothing in. nothing out. period.